Adipofascial anterolateral thigh free flap for tongue repair

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Abstract

With the advent of microsurgery fasciocutaneous free flaps have become a well known and accepted option for the repair of tongue defects. Many authors have tried to recover tongue function by modifying this approach. An innovative method for the repair of tongue defects using an adipofascial anterolateral thigh free flap is presented in this paper. The results are compared with those of tongue reconstructions implementing traditional fasciocutaneous free flaps performed at our institution. The histological features of the flaps were investigated postoperatively. Although this preliminary report has to be confirmed by further experience, it seems to solve many tongue-reconstruction related problems. © 2003 The British Association of Plastic Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Agostini, V., Dini, M., Mori, A., Franchi, A., & Agostini, T. (2003). Adipofascial anterolateral thigh free flap for tongue repair. British Journal of Plastic Surgery, 56(6), 614–618. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0007-1226(03)00204-2

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